In June this year, while announcing the second nationwide lockdown, President Yoweri Museveni closed livestock markets across the country as part of the measures to contain the second wave of the pandemic.
There is excitement among
livestock farmers in Bunyoro sub-region following the reopening
of cattle markets. In June this year, while announcing the second nationwide
lockdown, President Yoweri
Museveni closed livestock markets across the country as part of the measures
to contain the second wave of the pandemic.
Museveni argued that livestock markets attract
people from different parts of the country, which could fuel the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19. Last week,
Museveni directed the reopening of livestock markets under strict adherence
to the Standard
The reopening of the livestock markets has brought
a sigh of relief among farmers in Bunyoro who say they were struggling to
provide for their families due to lack of income following the closure of the markets.
Lam Karubanga, a cattle farmer in Kasenyi lyato in
Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district, says that
the closure of livestock markets hit them hard since his livelihood entirely depends on animals. He, however, says that he is now relieved since
the markets have been reopened and will be able to sell some animals to provide for
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Sam Ntambara, another farmer in Buseruka says that life had become extremely difficult for them
since they didn’t have any alternative
source of income.
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Richard Balikurungi, a cattle farmer at the Butiaba landing
site in Buliisa equally, says that the
closure of the livestock markets had made life unbearable for him and his
entire family. He, however, says that
he will now be able to sell off some animals and buy food and medicine for his family
members and animals.
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Cue out:…kale kale eroho.”//
Rogers Kabindi also a cattle farmer in Kiryandongo
explains that he had failed to buy chemicals to spray his animals due to lack of money.
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Cue out:…tuja kuba kurungi.’//
Nathan Adegi, the speaker Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district says the
closure of the livestock markets had negatively impacted their local revenue base.
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Cue out:…sub-county ya buseruka.”//
The closure of the livestock markets triggered an increase in the price of beef from
Shillings 12,000 to 14. 000 a kilogram.